Sarah Roth
President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation

Blog Posts by Sarah Roth

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Introducing September Guest Blogger: Dr. Gary Pansegrau

I am delighted to introduce Dr. Gary Pansegrau, as this month’s guest blogger. Dr. Pansegrau is the Regional Leader, Medical Oncology, at the BC Cancer Agency Fraser Valley Centre. Follow along as he shares more about his work, primarily focused on breast cancer, and why the planned expansion of the Fraser Valley Centre will be good news for patients. To support this exciting expansion and renovation project of the Fraser Valley Centre, the BC Cancer Foundation is embarking on a $1 million fundraising initiative. The expansion will boost the Centre’s capacity, allowing it to meet the...

Advancing cancer care with new technology

The BC Cancer Agency is recognized as one of the world’s leading cancer care and research centres. We’ve achieved this in large part by being able to attract some of the best talent. But having the brightest minds will only take you so far if you don’t give them the latest tools and equipment. That’s why in our quest for new knowledge, the BC Cancer Foundation is investing in new technology through two of our upcoming events— Inspiration Gala and Hope Couture —that will keep B.C. at the forefront of cancer research and care. New technology also means people can get their treatment as close to...

Conquering cancer on two wheels

In my previous post I mentioned the BC Cancer Agency’s OVCARE team and the great work they’ve done to position themselves as one of the world’s leading ovarian cancer research teams. They’re not only conquering cancer in the lab, but they’re also doing it on two wheels. With its many supporters, OVCARE has participated every year in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, and is one of the top fundraising teams. Over the past seven years they have raised more than $780,000, and are on track to reach an amazing $1 million dollars with this year’s event. Collectively, the Ride has raised more than $70...

Investing in people's lives

Philanthropy and research is truly a partnership. We can have a lab full of talented and passionate researchers, but if we don’t have the dollars to fund the research, then the leading-edge discoveries that the BC Cancer Agency has become renowned for wouldn’t happen. There are lots of examples, but I will highlight one—OVCARE—BC’s Ovarian Cancer Research Program. Traditionally, ovarian cancer had been poorly funded and under researched, and outcomes were generally poor for a significant number of women. Then the idea for OVCARE was created by Drs. David Huntsman, Dianne Miller and Blake...

It's about the people for foundation president

I am very pleased to be this month’s guest blogger. I joined the BC Cancer Foundation as its new President and CEO in mid-April and since then I have been so inspired by the many incredible donors who support the BC Cancer Agency’s brilliant and compassionate team of physicians and scientists. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a bit about me. I grew up in New Jersey – yes, I am American (and now also Canadian) – and moved to Vancouver from Boston in 2008 with my husband and two children. Our decision to move west and emigrate was a very purposeful decision for both professional and...

Introducing June Guest Blogger: Dr. Michelle Hilts

Thank you to our May guest blogger, Dr. David Scott, who shared some interesting insight into work that he and his team are doing to better understand and treat lymphoma. This month we’re excited to welcome Dr. Michelle Hilts, a medical physicist at the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior. Dr. Hilts has been with the Cancer Agency for 17 years, and before settling in the Okanagan worked at the Vancouver and Vancouver Island Cancer Centres. She finds the combination of clinical duties, research and teaching very fulfilling, and feels especially lucky to be able to mentor young...

Introducing May Guest Blogger: Dr. David Scott

Thank you to our April guest blogger, Robyn Roscoe, who shared some great insight into how project management can be an integral part of the research team. This month, we’re excited to welcome Dr. David Scott, who is a Clinician-scientist with the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, which has become one of the world’s leading centres for lymphoid cancer research. Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Scott was one of the first two recipients of the BC Cancer Foundation Clinical Investigator Awards. A large focus of his work has been studying prognostic biomarkers, which help clinicians...

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